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San Jose Man Sentenced To 72 Months In Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearm As A Convicted Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
Defendant admitted throwing loaded firearm into bushes while running from police

SAN JOSE – Michael Anthony Lamb was sentenced today to 72 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Judge.

Lamb, 28, of San Jose, pleaded guilty to the charge on July 18, 2019.  According to the plea agreement, Lamb was drinking a can of beer while sitting on a planter box on a light rail platform in San Jose, when he noticed two law enforcement officers approaching him.  One of the officers waived at Lamb and asked him to approach.  Instead, Lamb picked up his backpack and ran.  According to the plea agreement, Lamb ran because he knew he would get in trouble if he were arrested.  Lamb was a convicted felon and knew he was not entitled to possess a firearm, but he still was carrying a loaded 9mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol with seven full-metal jacket 9mm rounds in the magazine.  Lamb was also carrying approximately four grams of cocaine and a jar containing approximately 53 grams of marijuana.  While running away, Lamb heard the officers order him to stop.  Instead of stopping, Lamb continued to run, threw the loaded gun into some nearby bushes, and threw his backpack aside.  Lamb was quickly arrested and the gun and backpack were recovered.  

On June 27, 2019, Lamb was charged by information with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  Lamb pleaded guilty to the charge.  Lamb has been in custody since March 11, 2019.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Koh ordered Lamb to serve a three-year period of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.  

Assistant United States Attorney Jeff Nedrow is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Susan Kreider.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the ATF and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.  

Updated January 21, 2020

Firearms Offenses